Hard Questions

Posted in Immigration,U.S. by Ryan on the December 21st, 2010

Time to ask them.

It does not have to be this way. If we chose our immigrants differently, immigration would upgrade the average skill level of the U.S. population. (As is, 31% of immigrants have not completed high school.) If we chose our immigrants differently, they could contribute more in taxes than they require in benefits. (As is, immigrants are 50% more likely to be poor than the native-born.)

Someday, the United States will probably have to double back and do something for the hard cases showcased in the Senate hearings on the DREAM bill. But if we really want to do something useful, we should do more than help the hard cases. We should ask some hard questions.

Sarkozy for President

Posted in Immigration,President Obama,U.S.,World by Ryan on the September 4th, 2010

Sarkozy’s Anti-Crime initiatives sound common sensical, and yet are met with criticism and protest.

If only Obama was truly interested in American exceptionalism and integration, instead of political pandering and non-enforcement.

New Arizona Law

Posted in Immigration,U.S. by Ryan on the April 28th, 2010

In thinking about the law that was recently passed in Arizona, it seems that many of the things being talked about are just false facades to the underlying debate.  That being that you are either for open borders, or you are against open borders.  From that discussion, you can then move into what to do about the millions already over the border, if you’re able to get that far…

Arguing that this law will lead to unlawful racial profiling is not what it is really about.  If it were, there would be more talk about proposed solutions from those opposed to the bill.  They would be saying:

“This law will lead to racial profiling.  We can think of better ways to solve the issue of hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens in our state without possible profiling, and here it is: [ ENTER PROPOSED SOLUTION HERE ].”

I’m not holding my breath though because in their view, there is no issue to solve.  My impression is that opponents of the law simply have no desire to allow the United States to assert its sovereignty and treat unlawful residents like, well, unlawful residents.

Do(n’t) Punish the Children

Posted in Election 2008,Immigration by Ryan on the December 15th, 2007

Huckabee responds to his own hypocrisy after releasing his border plan.  Tom Bevan didn’t waste time drawing a clear line about what this means about the position of not punishing children from crimes of the parents.

In other words, kids who are here illegally and in school – the same kids that Huckabee sought to provide additional opportunity to as governor and who defended that policy by saying we’re a “better country” than to punish kids for the actions of their parents – would be taken out of school and deported.

What is Fueling the Immigration Debate?

Posted in Immigration by Ryan on the December 4th, 2007

According to Ruben Navarrette Jr., a contributor at CNN, it is culture. His somewhat blanket assertion of nativism is the epitomy of the current position of illegal immigration advocates.

This is what I wrote to him upon reading his article:

Your recent article was a good read.

I agree that nativism is a really indefensible stance for any American to take. We ought to be forcefully refuting nativism. We are all a conglomeration of immigrants here in the United States.

However, you only point out those that hold extreme positions against Hispanic culture while ignoring the arguments of the majority of people that welcome legal immigration. You need to clearly identify and represent these elements of the immigration debate in an article that claims to address the immigration debate. You briefly mention that it “…it goes well beyond words like ‘legal’ or ‘illegal.'” Why not stop there and dissect the arguments about legality? Why so little mention of it? Do you honestly believe that the immigration debate is predominantly fueled by things other than legality?

As a professional, you should more soundly isolate and identify arguments against immigration, clearly separating the fundamental premise of each argument. Your use a broad brush to confuse different groups of people with very different opinions.

Thanks. Your articles are enjoyable to read. I’ve come to recognize them as great examples of how the immigration debate is distorted by yourself and others with like views. You do this by avoiding true debate and discussion of fact by asserting racism and nativism towards opposite viewpoints.

Illegal Immigrants

Posted in Immigration,U.S. by Ryan on the October 18th, 2007

So I’ve had this idea that is no doubt not new, but I have started of thinking of settling into.  (I sound sure don’t I?)

There is all this talk about how we can’t possibly ever send people that are residing here illegally back to their native countries.  Giuliani says it can’t be prosecuted simply due to the large number.  While I don’t think that we should ever run around with buses and chase millions of people down, I see no reason to allow people to stay indefinitely.

I heard Newt Gingrich give a speech about immigration about a year and a half ago in which he says that we essentially had established a social contract with immigrants by not hindering their entrance and residency in our country.  We were in essence saying, “Sure, come to the U.S.  We aren’t going to try very hard to stop you at the border, nor will be punish those that hire you.”  With this in mind, I think it is fair to treat all immigrants not as criminals, but similar to those that get work visas.

This way, we don’t have try to accomplish something short of a deportation crisis, but we don’t grant amnesty.  I think that it would be a very fitting level of legality to bestow on people that have entered our nation unlawfully.  We simply need to take a step back, reasonably fix what has happened and move on.  Get people ID cards, determine how much longer they can stay and then start cracking down on employers.  Over the course of several years, millions of illegals will slowly leave the system and the incentive to stay or return is eliminated.

I’ve lived in Bulgaria for a couple of years and know that scores apply to come to the U.S. but only some actually get to.  One guy I knew in particularly was extraordinarily bright, spoke fluent English and would do nothing but contribute here.  I agree with those that say it is literally not fair to allow people to flow across our borders while denying others simply because they want to lawfully enter this country.  It is unethical.

Finally, about the border.  I don’t care if it is a giant wall, tens of thousands of extra border guards or effective technologically equipment.  We simply need to seal the hole in our sovereignty.

Redefinition of “Illegal Alien”

Posted in Immigration by Ryan on the November 22nd, 2006

Reading this post at got me thinking…

I recently watched a Lou Dobbs special on CNN which was an open “Town Hall” meeting in Texas. Fascinating.

Besides making fools of themselves and their arguments through uncivilized behavior, proponents for open borders made clear their goal of undermining the fundamental and rudimentary definition of non-citizens that crossed the border unlawfully. That definition being, “illegal aliens.” More than once, they insisted that illegal aliens be called “undocumented immigrants,” claiming that no one is ever “illegal” and Mexican immigrants are not from another planet.

Perhaps this is why they abhor making English the only official language in the US. They don’t even know it themselves.

1. forbidden by law or statute.
2. contrary to or forbidden by official rules, regulations, etc.:

al‧ien  –noun
1. a resident born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization (distinguished from citizen).
2. a foreigner.
3. a person who has been estranged or excluded.
4. a creature from outer space; extraterrestrial.

Is this a law in every state yet?

Posted in Immigration,U.S. by Ryan on the October 21st, 2006
That is outrageous. How can you contest that requiring photo ID disenfranchises voters?

Thank goodness the Supreme Court is sensible in its ruling on this matter.

Alan Keyes on Immigration

Posted in Immigration by Ryan on the August 12th, 2006

I recently had the opportunity to listen to Alan Keyes speak on the subject of immigration. I was surprised to find his style of speaking so entertaining. His ability to ask self-imposed questions that were straightforward and lightly humorous contrasted with his furious and well articulated declarations of logical thought and sound principle.

Until then, I hadn’t been particularly confident in my advocacy of securing the border either with the military or a fence. Some of the excellent (and blatantly obvious) points that were made included:

“If you want to have a country, you need to know where the borders are.  That is a prerequisite to having a nation.”

It is so basic, it shouldn’t even need to be mentioned. Borders are a prerequisite for having a nation.

“How can you process and keep track of people coming across the border [with new guest worker programs] if you don’t control the border.”

This was by far the most powerful thing I came away with. If you have a nation, you need to keep track of who is in it. How can you if you don’t have a border of order and control and literally millions are pouring across?

“If the basement is flooded, the first thing I would do is turn off the water.  It is going to be a lot easier to bail the basement out then.”

Instead of trying to figure out what to do with all the water, take care of what is causing it.

“Immigrants coming across need to be participants in the American Experiment, not exploiters of American wealth.”

-nor can we be exploiters of cheap labor as though they were beasts of burden
America is more than an economic opportunity. It is a great human experiment (according to the founders) to see if men can govern themselves without force and chance.

“When you are the exceptional country, you could be dragged down to the level of others in that type of globalization.”

More good is done by being a city on a hill, rather than opening the flood gates.

While these quotes are not exact, they communicate the main points made by Alan Keyes during his address.